Afghanistan and the United States’ forces conducted joint raids against the Al-Qaeda group embedded with Taliban leaders in Musa Qala, a Taliban stronghold in Helmand. Leader of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Asim Umar was killed in the attack, National Security Council of Afghanistan said. His courier, who was responsible for delivering messages to Ayman al-Zawahiri was also killed.
National Security Council of Afghanistan: Afghan & US forces carried out joint op against high-profile Al-Qaeda group embedded with Taliban leaders in compound in Musa Qala,a Taliban stronghold in Helmand. AQIS leader Asim Umar was in compound and target of operation 1/4 pic.twitter.com/Y8SO8aoTVr
— ANI (@ANI) September 23, 2019
Other key operatives who were killed include Taliban’s explosives chief for Helmand, two deputies, two other leaders and a number of foreign terrorists. Six Pakistani women who were with the terrorists were taken into custody. One of them has been identified as Umar’s wife. Eight Taliban and several foreign terrorists have also been detained. Special Forces seized and destroyed Taliban weapons and ammunition.
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The National Security Council of Afghanistan said, “Unfortunately, we are hearing reports of possible civilian casualties. As a responsible government, we are still assessing those reports and will address them accordingly.” At least 40 civilians were killed when Afghan military forces struck at a Taliban hideout. They were attending a wedding.